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FIRST LOOK: West Coast Premiere of HOW I FELL IN LOVE by Joel Fields, Opening 10/17

Collaborative Artists Ensemble presents the West Coast Premiere of HOW I FELL IN LOVE by Joel Fields, the producer/writer of the immensely popular and critically acclaimed television series "The Americans," from October 17 through November 16, 2014 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm and Sundays at 7:00pm at the Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre, located at 5636 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038. The production is directed by Steve Jarrard by special arrangement with the author. Featured in the cast are Austin Iredale, Desiré Noël, Casey Sullivan and Meg Wallace.

According to D.H. Lawrence, "We have made a great mess of love since we made an ideal of it." HOW I FELL IN LOVE centers on two lost souls, Nessa and Todd, each haplessly seeking their ideal romantic partner as they stumble into adulthood alone. When they accidentally find their way into each other's lives while seeking professional help, they soon discover their individual stories may be more intertwined than they could ever have imagined, leading each to start questioning the meaning of fate, friendship, and true love. Can two people not attracted to each other actually be perfect life partners? With the audience acting as their sounding board, Nessa and Todd's story unfolds amid the many twists and turns in their search for true love and happiness - despite their neuroses!

Much like Annie Hall is a love letter to the City of New York, HOW I FELL IN LOVE celebrates modern love and its challenges in and around Los Angeles. Audiences will certainly recognize many locations in the play from McCabe's Guitar Shop to Topanga Canyon, The Bodhi Tree to the Venice Canals and Molly Malone's Irish Pub, bringing back memories of their own loves lost and found in the City of the Angels.

Tickets are $20 with a $5 discount for seniors and full-time students. To purchase tickets by phone, please call the box office at 323-860-6569. You may also purchase tickets online at or at the door one hour prior to curtain. A limited number of half price tickets will be available on Goldstar. And why not make plans to enjoy a great meal at any of the wonderful restaurants just a few blocks away in Larchmont Village or near Paramount Studios before or after the show?

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After premiering at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Fields' romantic comedy HOW I FELL IN LOVE received its New York debut at the Abingdon Theatre in 2011. Fields received the Abingdon's 2009 Christopher Brian Wolk Award for excellence in playwriting. Fields has served as writer-producer for numerous television series including Ugly Betty, Raising the Bar, Over There, and as writer/executive producer on FX's critically acclaimed series The Americans.

Fields shares, "HOW I FELL IN LOVE was written as I struggled with a sudden avalanche of transitions: professional, artistic, and romantic. In the midst of this struggle I found myself returning more and more to the idea that for me life is best understood as a story, that events and relationships only truly make sense later, upon reflection. Of course, life is not lived in reflection and life's challenges do not come with intrinsic perspective. But the idea helped me dig through that period, and in the process this play emerged.

My hope is that the piece can be more than an emotional romantic-comedy "date night" entertainment-that it can also, through its fun and drama, make people think about their own lives and loves, about the decisions they've made in the past, and most importantly about the decisions they are making in their lives here and now. After all, at their very best that is what both good relationships and good theater should do."

Photo credit: Steve Jarrard

Todd and Nessa console each other as they both seek their ideal romantic partner in the City of the Angels. (Austin Iredale, Meg Wallace)

Todd and Nessa know what trying to find love in Los Angeles feels like. (Austin Iredale, Meg Wallace)

Todd and Nessa search for love in the City of the Angels. (Austin Iredale, Meg Wallace)

Nessa and Todd wonder if they will ever find their ideal romantic partner in the City of the Angels.

(Meg Wallace, Austin Iredale)

Todd and Nessa search for love in the City of the Angels. (Austin Iredale, Meg Wallace)

Todd and Nessa search for love in the City of the Angels. (Austin Iredale, Meg Wallace)

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